Get the Cat Used to Being Outdoors

When Can Cats Go Out?

The sun tempts you to go on excursions into the great outdoors – our cats know that too. But once you have had a free walk, you should always ask for it! Unrestricted freedom is not always advisable for you and your cat. If you choose to do this, you will have to get your cat used to being outdoors. There are a few things to watch out for.

Getting the Cat Used to Be Outdoors: What Needs to Be Considered?

  • After arriving at the new home, the velvet paw should stay in the house for at least four weeks so that it can relate to the new environment and its territory!
  • Find out in advance about possible dangers in your residential area. Pools or ponds should be covered to prevent the kitten from drowning. Other animals can also be dangerous to four-legged friends. If you live on a busy street and your cat has no experience with cars, this can quickly end badly. Think carefully about whether you want to take the risk.
  • The cat should also have access to the house during the day via a cat flap or a sheltered area. In this way, it is protected from wind, weather, dogs, neighboring cats, or other threats.
  • Does your cat know its name and will you come to the house when you call? Otherwise, a rustling bag of food can make even small strays legs. Try it!
  • Make sure your cat is identified by a microchip or a tattoo. In this way, you are protected from unloved surprises and your cat can be assigned to you in an emergency.
  • Do your cats have the necessary vaccinations? For outdoors, you should focus on cat disease, cat flu, and rabies. Castration is also often useful to prevent excessive reproduction.
  • Your vet will give you detailed advice on this.
  • Regular wormer cures and vermin prophylaxis in cats are also a must.
  • Collars, on the other hand, are not a good idea for outdoor cats: They get caught in bushes or shrubs too easily and can seriously injure your four-legged friend.
  • On the day of the first outdoor exercise, you shouldn’t do too much so that you can be there if there are problems. After the first 2-3 free runs, the cat usually knows its way around.

Well prepared, the outdoor walk is also for your cat for pleasure without regrets!

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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